Keren Shalev

ARTIST STATEMENT

1982 Israel. Lives and works in Berlin.
In my work, I am interested in revealing structures of consciousness as experienced from the first-person point of view. 
These experiences are reflected in my work in the fragile point between non-narrative fragments; and a coherent composition.
The construction of the works is exposed and the formation is displayed as an integral part of the work, therefore some of my inspiration comes from observing how the nature and logic of forms can serve a certain role or a purpose – functionality.
I use materials such as metal, charcoal and graphite in their raw state and attempt to keep them that way until the final stage, seeking to preserve their brutal, rough, direct traits.
“…the philosophy which is so important in each of us is not a technical matter; it is our more or less dumb sense of what life honestly and deeply means. It is only partly got from books; it is our individual way of just seeing and feeling the total push and pressure of the cosmos.” (James, W. 1981. Pragmatism. Indianapolis: Hackett.) 

 

Vita

Education
  • 2014  - 2015     Museumskunde. Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, Germany
  • 2009 - 2010      Teaching diploma. Kibbutzim College of Education, Israel
  • 2004 - 2009      B.A. Fine Arts. University of Haifa, Israel
  • 2003 - 2004      Sculpture course, Hagalil Hama’aravi College, Akko, Israel
  • 1997 - 2000      Gan-Nahum-Gymnasium, Art department, Rishon Lezion, Israel
Exhibitions
  • 2017                 Souvenir – Ein Stillleben, Art Vending Machine, Jewish Museum Berlin
  • 2016                 Erde, Stahl & Leuchten, Hinterm Spaeti, Berlin
  • Heimat – Identifikation im Wandel, Künstlerverein Walkmühle e.V., Wiesbaden (Curator: Christiane Erdmann)
  • Constructions, 48 Stunden Neukölln, Gordon, Berlin
  • 2015-16            Schiffswrack, outdoor sculpture in Radialsystem V, Berlin
  • 2015                 Roundabout- ID Festival, Radialsystem V, Berlin (Curator: Rotem Ruff)
  • Consolidated-Scattered, Plateau gallery, Berlin (Curator: Roi Weinstein)
  • Don´t call it a context, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin (Curator: Heiko Pfreundt)
  • 2014                 Danalogue- Crossing Borders, Infarm, Berlin
  • Running man - Performance with Udi Berner, 'Reconstructing Reality'- T Berlin, Berlin
  • Running man - Performance with Udi Berner, Hachalalit gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 2013                 Peaceful burning - Performance with Udi Berner, Greenhouse, Berlin (Curator: Roi Weinstein)
  • Peaceful burning - Performance with Udi Berner, Kunst im Haus- Die Theatrale, Berlin (Curators: Anke Küpper & Dr. Michael Bahn)
  • Art Shifting Festival, live painting, Santa Monica, Barcelona (Curator: Nuria Antoli)
  • 2012                 Dark Chamber, Fuc Bar, Berlin
  • KreuzbergKalender, On-line exhibition, Berlin
  • Twin cities, Brasov (Curator: Efi Gen)
  • 2011                 Artist Wall, Rishon Lezion municipality, Israel (Curator: Efi Gen)
  • 2010                 It's Called Culture, Abracsas, Tel Aviv
  • It's Called Culture, Bass, Jerusalem (Curator: Meital Bar-Natan)
  • 2009                 Without a name, University of Haifa, Israel (Curator: Prof. Philip Rantzer)

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